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Report to be tabled in parliament

Parliamentary Committee on Labour and Welfare that has been probing the mismanagement of Team Kenya at the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro will table its report in Parliament when the House reopens on November 15.

Matungu MP David Were, who chaired the committee, yesterday said they have finished working on the report. Among those who appeared before the committee are Cabinet Secretary for Sports Hassan Wario.

Wario also instituted a separate probe committee on on September 9 to investigate the mismanagement of Team Kenya at the Games. Paul Ochieng, who chaired the committee appointed by Wario, presented the committee’s report to Wario on Friday. Wario is expected to disclose the findings of the committee in the course of this week.

“We have done some good work, having listened to all parties involved,” Were said on Monday. “I know the country is eager to know our findings and recommendations but the contents of the report can only be divulged after we have tabled it in Parliament.”

“It’s our hope that our recommendations will be implemented since we don’t’ want to see our sportsmen and women suffer again,” said Were.”

In some of the sessions, the committee heard how over Sh2 million was used to pay for accommodation that was never used, including a luxury cruise ship that was to be used by President Kenyatta while at the Rio Olympic Games.

Embattled Team Kenya chef de mission Stephen Soi indicated that the cruise ship was booked and paid for in advance for  18 days at a cost of 605 US dollars (Sh61,105) per day which totalled to Sh2.19 million.

Soi said that there must be collective responsibility for the Rio mess as Government officials were the key members of the steering committee that was chaired by Sports Principal Secretary Richard Ekai.

Wario and Ekai, who appeared before the committee insisted NOCK should be held accountable for the mess.

However, State House distanced itself from the saga saying it’s the foreign ministry in conjunction with Brazilian government that should have secured accommodation for the President if he wanted to attend the games games and not NOCK.


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